How to Paint & Age a Vintage Bowl

Hi everyone! Are you looking forward to the week-end as much as I am? My sweet husband and I plan to enjoy some alone time while our sweet daughter goes away on a youth group retreat. I’m still working on a plan, but while perusing Craigslist and making a list of garage sales to attend today, I discovered five town wide garage sales in our area. Can you believe it?! Things went from zero to fifty pretty quickly around here. Unfortunately, the weatherman has reported a chance of showers, but maybe not enough to stop us going to one of the sales for a couple of hours. I shall report back later on. Meanwhile, today I’ve got a simple project involving an old vintage bowl that I gave an easy makeover.

Side view of vintage chalk painted bowlAs we junker/DIYers are fond of saying, “It’s amazing what a little black paint can do.”

Old Oblong Wooden Bowl or Dough bowl
Here’s the old vintage bowl shortly after I bought it at an estate sale. As you can see, its light finish had started to chip pretty badly. I gave it a light sanding to remove loose bits and to smooth things out.

Inside vintage chalk painted bowl before waxThen I gave it two coats of American Decor “Carbon” chalk paint and sanded some more to reveal the brown stain underneath.

Applying some wax to the bowl
Then I glopped on some Minwax clear paste wax.

Thin even coat of wax
And spread an even coat over the entire surface with a piece of cheesecloth. I let it sit for about ten minutes and then buffed it out by rubbing with a clean piece of cheesecloth until the surface no long felt sticky, but smooth and hard.

Vintage chalk painted bowl after wax with pears
Now I have a completely new bowl, with an attractive satin smooth surface. I love that it has a sort of dough bowl vibe.

Close up of distressing on chalk painted bowl
I can fill it with all sorts of things–hydrangea later in the summer, baby boo pumpkins in the fall, and pine cones in the winter.

Close up of distressing on chalk painted bowl (2)
So keep an eye out for a vintage bowl while you’re out thrifting or garage saling this week-end, and you too can have a sleak, vintage-y bowl in just a few steps.

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  1. What an improvement, Diana! Great job and it is just perfect with those pears 😉

  2. Your bowl turned out just beautiful Diana. Town yards sales are the best. Happy Hunting!

  3. Love the painted bowl. It is perfectly aged. Hope you find some of the things from your yard sale list.

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  5. Diane this came out so charming. I love the color combination of the charcoal, and the wood peeking out. I host a new link party, Sweet Inspiration every Friday and would be honored to have you join us.

  6. It really turned out nice Diana! It looks a lot like a vintage dough bowl now. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  7. I would never have thought of painting the bowl black, but it looks fantastic.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC

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  9. I liked the “before” bowl, but “after” is even better! Came over from Blue Willow House, where she mentioned your bowl.

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